April 22, 2018

Abbas warns against Israel's new security measures at Jerusalem shrine

21 July 2017, 12:52 | Yvette Williams

Abbas warns against Israel's new security measures at Jerusalem shrine

Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan during a protest against metal detectors that Israel has installed at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem in Gaza City Thursday

Even though it has since reopened, Muslim leaders in Israel and neighboring countries have called on Palestinians to "rage" against the Israeli government's decision and to relocate their prayers from the mosques to the streets in order to demonstrate their discontent with the situation.

A police spokesman said that following the Muslim evening prayer, which was held outside the Temple Mount compound as worshippers refused to pass through metal detectors to reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque, officers dispersed rioters who pelted them with bottles and stones.

The Israeli security establishment is preparing for the massive Friday prayer service at Al-Aqsa, which will most likely lead to violent clashes with security forces near the Temple Mount.

According to WAFA, Abbas has made several contacts with world powers to discuss the ongoing Jerusalem tension.

Israeli police detained the senior Muslim cleric of Jerusalem in connection with a terrorist attack in which two Israeli police officers were killed and another wounded near the Temple Mount.

Rather, they called on Netanyahu to remove the metal detectors, calling them "collective punishment" and a violation of religious freedom.

Witnesses say hundreds of Palestinians protested the restrictions at the Kalandia checkpoint that separates Jerusalem from Ramallah.

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Conflicts over the walled holy site, revered by Muslims and Jews, have repeatedly triggered Israeli-Palestinian confrontations. Will the Muslims riot and overrun the police at the gates? Three perpetrators of the attack were shot dead by police in the mosque's yard.

Since the appearance of the detectors there have been daily protests outside the Lion's Gate entrance to the Temple Mount compound, the scene of the deadly terror attack.

Attacks rarely occur so close to the Temple Mount compound, which also houses the Haram a Sharif mosque.

Police were preparing for the eventuality that the security officials will decided that the metal detectors remain in place, Channel 2 reported.

Both the Israelis and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital. Areas [are] quiet and security measures continue.

Netanyahu's office responded that Israel would "take all the necessary actions to maintain security on the Temple Mount, without changing the status quo", the New York Times reported.

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